I'm kind of confused on what does "Volitional + と + Verb" mean in the following sentences:

i) 心臓を串刺しにせんと繰り出される槍の穂先

ii) 手に入れようと急ぐ

There are two different ways I see to parse it:

  1. Same as ようとする but する is ommited. (Don't know if that is grammatical.)
  2. と is being used similarly to when it is a "quotation particle" and it's showing the manner in which the verb is done.
  • Well I can't understand にせんと in sentence i) but this may help for ii) and more generally: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/9688/… Nov 6, 2018 at 21:18
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    In this case I think it's best to think する is omitted after せんと/まいと/ようと. It's a common pattern.
    – naruto
    Nov 7, 2018 at 9:29


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